Today in History, English
Today in History, English

21271February 25Event1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
21272February 25Event1843 – Lord George Paulet occupies the Kingdom of Hawaii in the name of Great Britain in the Paulet Affair (1843).
21273February 25Event1848 – Provisional government in revolutionary France, by Louis Blanc's motion, guarantees workers' rights.
21274February 25Event1856 – A Peace conference opens in Paris after the Crimean War.
21275February 25Event1866 – Miners in Calaveras County, California, discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull - human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons, and elephants had co-existed.
21276February 25Event1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
21277February 25Event1875 – Guangxu Emperor of Qing dynasty China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi's regency.
21278February 25Event1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
21279February 25Event1912 – Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
21280February 25Event1916 – World War I: The Germans capture Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
21281February 25Event1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
21282February 25Event1921 – Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
21283February 25Event1928 – Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a broadcast license for television from the Federal Radio Commission.
21284February 25Event1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
21285February 25Event1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
21286February 25Event1941 – February strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
21287February 25Event1945 – World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
21288February 25Event1947 – The State of Prussia ceases to exist.
21289February 25Event1948 – The Communist Party takes control of government in Czechoslovakia and the period of the Third Republic ends.
21290February 25Event1951 – The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
21291February 25Event1954 – Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
21292February 25Event1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.
21293February 25Event1964 – North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.
21294February 25Event1964 – U.S. Air Force launches a satellite employing a US Air Force Atlas/Agena combination from Point Arguello (LC-2-3) in California and from Cape Kennedy in Florida.
21295February 25Event1968 – Vietnam War: One hundred thirty-five unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Hà My massacre.
21296February 25Event1971 – The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.
21297February 25Event1980 – The government of Suriname is overthrown by a military coup led by Dési Bouterse.
21298February 25Event1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.
21299February 25Event1987 – Southern Methodist University's football program is the first college football program to receive the death penalty by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. It was revealed that athletic officials and school administrators had knowledge of a "slush
21300February 25Event1991 – Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

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